Diocesan News

The Feast of St. Peter & Paul in Fresno, California

st-peter-paul-2014Liturgy for 5th Sunday after Pentecost and Synaxis of the Holy, Glorious, and All-Praised Twelve Apostles

It was a very beautiful and quite hot morning on July 13, 2014 in the Great Central Valley when His Grace, Bishop Maxim, arrived at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Fresno, California.  The bells were ringing, the altar boys were smiling, and the choir was singing as the parish clergy greeted His Grace.  Father George Gligich held the gospel with Deacon John Davis censing as the procession moved through the center of the church surrounded by a large, enthusiastic, and overjoyed crowd consisting of both regular parishioners and visitors.  Our dear Bishop venerated the most holy relics of St. Peter and St. Paul, which were present thanks to the goodness of Father Gustavo Lopez of San Joachim Catholic Church in Madera, who brought them and stayed for Liturgy in honor of our church’s feast day.  The entrance and vesting prayers preceded a blessing from His Grace and the beginning of the Divine Liturgy.  From the first to the concluding prayer, our beloved Bishop presided over a Liturgy full of the beauty, power, and grace of God apparent to all and made possible only by the presence of the Holy Spirit. 

Following the reading of the Gospel, His Grace gave a sermon that reached the minds and hearts of all who had ears to listen.  He brought to light for all of the faithful that our actions in this world will always affect the rest of the word, both material and spiritual.  We must choose what is right in God’s eyes yet never despair when confronted by evil, for all evil flees in the presence of our Lord.  Moreover, Christ’s redemption works in both this world and the spiritual world simultaneously and inseparably. To fulfill time in history means to confront evil and the divisive powers, which call for the postponement of the End. The demons ask Jesus: “have you come here to torment us before the time” (Matthew 8:29). The demons know that their end is torture, eternal hell and they wish the postponement, as much as possible, contrary to the exclamation “Maranatha” or “Come, O Lord”, of the first Eucharistic liturgies. Anyone who is dominated by evil prays that the Kingdom not come quickly. Here lies the mystery of freedom in history. So, here we see that, thanks to the Resurrection-event, the future relates to our time in a different way; precisely, the future belongs to those who will rise from the grave.“What have you to do with us”?, the demons ask because there is not and never will be any reconciliation between demons and God. So they say: “Leave us alone! You mind your work and we shall mind our work”! They want a division in the existence, gap, two separate areas. Many times we also organize our life, social and political, and we say to the Church: “Do not interfere with what concerns the world. The world belongs to Satan”. “What have we to do with you”?—this is a method that evil has invented so that it survives and enables it to have some influence over the world. Furthermore, they add the phrase “Son of God”! Here it is clear that faith is not enough to recognize that there is God. “Even the demons believe and tremble”! It is trust in God that He can make the impossible possible. Demons teach us what the faith is not about. The final conclusion from the Gospel story is that evil does not influence only man; it is transferred from man to the creation.  The ecological crisis today witnesses this the transfer of evil from man to the innocent creation. His Grace concluded that we have responsibility for the whole creation.

On this day when we commemorate the Holy, Glorious, and All-Praised Twelve Apostles, His Grace reminded us that the Apostles point to this and show us that God does not just give life but is life and love.  The Liturgy then continued with many faithful receiving the body and blood of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ.

At the conclusion of the Liturgy, there was a procession around the church with a stop in the east where our dear Bishop read the Gospel.  Upon entering the church, the parish celebrated its Slava with the blessing of the kolac and wheat.  Protodeacon Brad and Djakonica Peggy Matthews were the Kum and Kuma honored for their many years of giving their time and talents to the church.  The children of the church delighted in singing the praises of the Holy Apostles, and the bread was broken to be shared by all.

Following the services, the faithful entered the hall and were treated to a delicious meal of grilled lamb, roasted vegetables, and rice lovingly prepared by the Mothers’ Club.  Protodeacon Brad and Djakonica Peggy were presented with an Episcopal Commendation for their dedicated years of service as deacon and leading our wonderful choir.  All in all, it was an exceptional day that will long be remembered by all present when His Grace, Bishop Maxim, our beloved Bishop shared his love, leadership, and wisdom with his parishioners at St. Peter the Apostle Church on this, its blessed Feast Day.

Deacon John Davis


Bishop Maxim and the world famous icon painter V. Rev. Stamatis Skliris in Andrićgrad

bishop-maxim-stamatis-angriegrad У недељу 29. јуна, дан после освећења новоподигнуте богомоље, Његово преосвештенство, епископ западно-амерички Максим са свештенством вишеградским и гостима са стране служио је свету Архијерејску литургију у храму „Светог кнеза Лазара и свих српских мученика“ у Андрићграду – Вишеграду.

Епископ је заблагодарио Господу Богу на дивноме дану и дару, као и ктиторима који подигоше величанствени свети храм у коме се узноси молитва и жртва Богу.

После Свете литургије Епископ је са свештенством и верницима, а уз послужење и окрепљење провео време у разговору истичући значај Литургијског сабрања, али и сабрања и окупљања после Литургије. Разговору и дружењу присуствовао је и светски познати иконописац и свештеник Стаматис Склирис

Захваљујемо епископу западно-америчком Максиму и оцу Стаматису на њиховом доласку и благослову.

Source: http://www.crkva-visegrad.com/novost.php?id=168


The Feast of Pentecost in Butte, Montana

14386266342 fc1a96abd9 oOn June 8th, the glorious Feast of Pentecost was once again celebrated by the Church of the Holy Trinity in Butte, Montana. Parishioners and clergy of the parish were duly blessed on the occasion by the presence of their beloved hierarch, his Grace, Bishop Maxim, who presided over the Feast.

His Grace arrived late Friday evening and was received as the honored guest at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. David Hicks. During his stay, Bishop Maxim was able to discuss with his hosts and Fr. Russell ideas concerning the future of Orthodox Christianity across the state of Montana and review plans for the much-hoped-for establishment of a monastic community there on the Hickʼs property.

Christ the Savior Parish Celebrates Slava

photo 1 7On Sunday, June 1st, 2014 His Grace, Bishop Maxim, Rev. Hieromonk Jovan Babic, visiting clergy and parishioners of the Christ the Savior Church in Arcadia, California celebrated the Feast of Ascension of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. After the Divine Liturgy the Slava Service was held in the hall followed by a wonderful Slava Banquet and an afternoon of music, dancing, and fellowship.

У Недељу 1. јуна 2014. године, парохија Вазнесења Господњег у Аркадији свечано је прославила своју храмовну Славу. Свету Архијерејску Литургију, уз саслуживање протојереја Илије ајковића, јеромонаха Павла и Јована и ђакона Пола Жермена, служио је Његово Преосвештенство

Saint Steven's Cathedral donates to Flood Relief

May 28, 2014


In response to the disastrous record flooding and terrible suffering of thousands of families in Serbia, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the whole Balkan region, and the communiqué of our diocesan bishop, His Grace, Bishop Maxim, on Friday, May 22, 2014, Saint Steven’s Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California wired $25,000 USD to the "Patriarch Pavle Fund” special account for the rehabilitation of the effects of these natural disasters as established by the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Bishop Maxim Visits Kosovo & Metohija

10302218 262470720603775 2930284390621485456 nOn May 24th His Grace, Bishop Maxim visited the children of Orahovca i Velike Hoče and presented $5,000 which was collected by the Serbian Sisters of San Francisco for the poor families in the area. His Grace also visited the Prezren Seminary! Read more...

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